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New Fire Safety Regulations came into force in October 2006. This legislation was titled "The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005" and is known as The Fire Safety Order (2005) and replaced "The fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997" and "The Fire Precaution Act: 1971".

Question:-

With this in force, are you be breaking the law?
The Fire Safety Order (2005) requires all workplaces to have a risk assessment. It is a requirement of the Regulations that for a risk assessment to be undertaken by a competent person. The definition of a "competent person" is. "A person with sufficient training, experience, knowledge and other qualities to enable them to undertake the task".

We can offer:-
Free on site fire safety advice. Our consultants will be happy to offer free on site advice during the risk assessment and fully explain the process. Our aim is simple - to provide a reliable, professional and friendly service based on the common goal of safety in the workplace. With our extensive experience we can not only identify risks but also recommend cost effective solutions.

Insurance valid?
If you suffer a fire, your insurance company are likely to inspect safety documentation for compliance. If they are deemed inadequate difficulties may arise with your claim. Even if you hold a current fire certificate you must still complete a fire risk assessment.

Fixed Price Consultancy:-
For most of our services we are able to offer a fixed price with no hidden extras. This transparent pricing policy enables you to budget for safety requirements with confidence.

Can your business survive a fire loss?
Your business may never reopen destroying years of effort. You can reduce the likelihood of a serious fire loss with a fire risk assessment. Government reports shows that in England and Wales fires cost the economy £6.9 billion. Up 18% or £800 million on the last study in 1993. 650 people died in fires and 18,100 were injured. The new legislation requires all workplaces to have a risk assessment completed by a "competent person".

Please ask yourself the following questions:
Were you aware that you must appoint a "responsible person" and record their name in documentation? Have you got a written emergency plan? Are you aware or your responsibilities to "co-operate and co-ordinate" with other persons? Have you set up adequate procedures to communicate with the emergency services?

If the answer to any of the above is 'NO' you may be at risk of enforcement action by the Fire Service. We are aware of the financial pressure on many businesses today. Where possible we will suggest cost effective solutions to fire safety issues. Our experience allows us to assess your risk. Lowering the cost of compliance.

We are confident that we can not only satisfy all your fire risk assessment, training and fire safety consultancy needs but can also assist in the management of these areas by providing innovative and flexible services tailored to your requirements. This may include audit design, full management of the inspection process with regular management reports and tracking of improvement works.
WHAT IS RISK ASSESSMENT?

It is an organised audit (or inspection) of the premises and the activities carried out within the workplace. It will assess what could cause harm to people, and the effect of possible spread of fire beyond the initial workplace.

Some of the areas covered in the assessment are as follows:
  • It will look at hazards.
  • It will identify the high risk areas such as fuels and people at risk.
  • It will assess fire safety measures.
  • Look at fire warning systems and detection.
  • Assess the adequacy of the means of escape.
  • Examine contingency planning and fire-fighting access.
Although the above may sound complicated to the inexperienced one of our experts will be able to complete the assessment with the minimum of disruptions. The consultants that we use are not employed directly by our Company but are all experts in their field; therefore we are able to provide a consultant with the adequate experience for the type of premises in question.

A typical problem with self risk assessment is that inexperienced assessors may well over compensate on fire safety matters as a means of covering themselves in areas that they do not really understand, quite often over spending what a consultant would have charged to carry out the assessment.